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Raziuddin Aquil and Kaushik Roy, eds, Warfare, Religion, and Society in Indian History (New Delhi: Manohar, 2012)

Posted in New Publications by Pippa on March 7, 2012

Raziuddin Aquil and Kaushik Roy, eds, Warfare, Religion, and Society in Indian History (New Delhi: Manohar, 2012); pp. 341. Price: Rs 995. ISBN 978-81-7304-958-3.

About the Book:

This volume includes essays on a wide range of themes, marked by various distinct approaches to the study of connections between religion and warfare in Indian history from earliest times to the present. Such a collection could possibly cause some consternations, even as the editors began with the basic premise that some of the critical questions be discussed as freely as possible, despite constraints of ideological barriers limiting the fields of inquiry.

Written by a mix of veterans as well as early career scholars, the essays will provoke some debate on what all could possibly be undertaken as legitimate historical exercise and whether it is impossible to write a professional and non-partisan history of such politically sensitive issues as the entanglement of religion and warfare in Indian history and society.

List of Contributors

1. Breaking the Thigh and the Warrior Code

Torkel Brekke

2. Dispatching Kafirs to Hell?: The Languages of Warfare, Politics and Religion in the Delhi Sultanate

Raziuddin Aquil

3. India’s Military Revolution: The View from the Early-Sixteenth-Century Deccan

Richard M. Eaton

4. Rethinking Early Mughal Warfare: Babur’s Pitched Battles, 1499-1529

Pratyay Nath

5. Territories, Wars, Nation: Chronicling Ahom-Mughal Confrontation

Arupjyoti Saikia

6. Responses to Religion and Politics: Riti-kal Poetry, c. 1550-1850

Sandhya Sharma

7. Indian Subaltern Autobiographies: Two Asian Officers in the Eighteenth-Century Bengal Army

Michael H. Fisher

8. Strategies under Stress: Army Management and Environment in Late Pre-Colonial Bahawalpur

Richard B. Barnett

9. Science and Secularization of Warfare: Transition in Siege Warfare in South Asia from Medieval to Modern Times

Kaushik Roy

10. ‘The Nation Within’: British India at War, 1939-1947

C.A. Bayly

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